Connect with us
The Wicked + The Divine #19 Review

Comic Books

The Wicked + The Divine #19 Review

“Rising Action” continues to roar along, as the renegade gods formulate a plan and a battle breaks out in the Underground. Is it good?

The Wicked + The Divine #19 (Image Comics)

The Wicked + The Divine #19 Review

Listen to the latest episode of our weekly comics podcast!

Ananke discovers that Minerva has gone missing while Bathomet brings Dionysus to the Underground. Persephone admits that she is the antichrist Ananke has been warning about, and Anake herself twists the remaining gods into helping her retake Minerva, all the while keeping the real reason she needs her back to herself. As the battle rages, we see a new, terrifying side of the Morrigan:

The Wicked + The Divine #19 Review

Ananke’s side succeeds in taking Minvera, but not her owl, full of secrets that Ananke definitely does not want know.

Is It Good?

The solicitation says it all:

‘RISING ACTION,’ Part Two Gods of the Underworld, in the Underworld. Perfectly safe now. Definitely. Stuff definitely doesn’t explode. That doesn’t happen.

Uh huh. Totally trustworthy, Gillen.

In stark contrast to “Commercial Suicide,” “Rising Action” is living up to its name, giving not only massive amounts of action in each issue, but also dropping far more information. In this issue, we learn that Persephone is the antichrist from Ananke’s prediction and why Ananke wants Minvera back so desperately.

But we get more than just plot developments; characters reveal parts of themselves we haven’t yet seen. Minerva is becoming the focus of the story and with that, so does her character. Her desperation to keep her parents safe, in spite of their blatant disregard for her as anything but a meal ticket is absolutely heartbreaking. And despite her intelligence, she’s still a child, getting excited over her research and being dragged around by whichever side has her.

The Wicked + The Divine #19 Review

The Wicked + The Divine #19 Review

After the heaviness and intensity of “Commercial Suicide”, the guys seem to be having a lot more fun, letting loose on each panel. Sakhmet’s attack sequence might be some of my favorite art McKelvie has done yet in the series, perfectly enhanced by Matt’s stunning colors:

The Wicked + The Divine #19 Review

I know this is going to all end in tears, but man am I enjoying the journey.

Like what we do here at AIPT? Consider supporting us and independent comics journalism by becoming a patron today! In addition to our sincere thanks, you can browse AIPT ad-free, gain access to our vibrant Discord community of patrons and staff members, get trade paperbacks sent to your house every month, and a lot more. Click the button below to get started!


In Case You Missed It

X-Men: The Onslaught Revelation #1 X-Men: The Onslaught Revelation #1

‘X-Men: The Onslaught Revelation’ #1 finishes up the least disappointing Onslaught story yet

Comic Books

'Nightwing' #84 offers great Batman team-up action 'Nightwing' #84 offers great Batman team-up action

‘Nightwing’ #84 offers great Batman team-up action

Comic Books

cry macho cry macho

‘Cry Macho’ review: This dull, pointless film is a waste of time

Movie Reviews

X-Men #3 X-Men #3

In ‘X-Men’ #3, Krakoa’s heroes square off with the High Evolutionary

Comic Books

Newsletter Signup